By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
A WOMAN must wait another week before she has a sentencing hearing for her role in the robbery of a web shop manager in Long Island.
Daphne Knowles of Cartwright’s, Long Island, was due to appear before Justice Bernard Turner yesterday for the penalty phase of her trial relating to the events leading up to the death of Andrea Carroll in 2014.
However, a probation report requested by the court was not ready and the matter was further adjourned to September 15.
Knowles initially stood trial before Justice Turner charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Knowles was alleged to have killed Carroll between November 28 and 29, 2014.
It was further alleged that Knowles conspired with others to commit robbery and actually robbed Carroll of cash belonging to Bowe’s Web Games Ltd.
Caroll was found dead with cuts, bruises, a broken neck and a broken spinal cord.
The prosecution produced witnesses who alleged that Knowles, a fired employee of Carroll, approached them about a plan to rob the web shop manager.
Knowles, when interviewed by police after Carroll’s death, denied that $14,000 found in her possession had belonged to the web shop. She said that as a drug trafficker she did not need to rob and murder a web shop manager for money.
Her defence, however, was not completely sold on a jury.
While the jury returned a hung verdict of 7-5 on the murder charge, which is not acceptable in law, Knowles was unanimously convicted on charges of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.
Knowles would have faced the death penalty if convicted of the murder.
The 12-member panel returned the verdicts within an hour after being excused to deliberate on three weeks of evidence.
Knowles was represented by attorney Sonia Timothy. Cephia Pinder-Moss and Basil Cumberbatch prosecuted the case.